Reading Lists

Take a sip and drink in the words of a great book with our reading/pairing list!

Romance

Stories where two people go together like coffee and cream.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

Pair with: A ristretto shot

Yes, there is the zombie version, the movie version(s), and the miniseries version, but nothing's quite like the original snarky and ironic masterwork by Jane Austin. Like a ristretto shot, the novel is dense with layers of meaning and subtleties.

Submitted by: Sarah

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Pair with: A humble latte

The classic literary novel that you may or may not have read in high school, this artfully crafted and nuanced work definitely deserves a re-read (or initial read)! An ordinary girl swindled out of her inheritance is sent to school and eventually catches the eye of Mr. Rochester while serving as the governess at Thornfield Hall. But events don't unfold the way you'd think!

Submitted by: Beth

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

Pair with: An iced sweet tea with lemon

A free black woman becomes a spy for the Union army and meets another spy who is posing as a Confederate soldier. Part historical, part mystery, and part romance, this recently published book is a page-turner for sure!

Submitted by: Marnie

Historical Fiction

Memories of past eras percolate in these tales.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Pair with: A flat white

Sexy and addicting, this adventure through the historical Scottish highlands has spawned a TV series on Starz. It all starts when a World War II nurse wanders into a ring of stones at Craigh na Dun and is warped back to 1743.

Submitted by: Marnie

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Pair with: A classic cappuccino

Dizzying like the swirls atop an artfully crafted cappuccino, this stream-of-conscious historical novel delves into the deep experiences of slaves who've escaped the American South. Sethe's experiences of having escaped to Ohio don't come without horrific memories, which find new ways to figuratively and literally haunt her.

Submitted by: Beth

Science Fiction and Fantasy

This fantastical fiction is for those who don't need their fiction grounded, just their coffee beans.

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

Pair with: Matcha or a green tea latte

A displaced human who was adopted by martians has returned to Earth and struggles to comprehend humanity. This surreal and for all intents and purposes strange novel has left a legacy for us humans struggling to understand each other.

Submitted by: Sarah

Dune by Frank Herbert

Pair with: A chai latte

The chai spice must flow! In possibly the most celebrated science fiction book of all time, Paul Atreides must survive the political subterfuge of his family while also becoming the messiah of a far-flung and oppressed planet Arakkis, known for its mystical and powerful spice melange.

Submitted by: Lizzie

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Pair with: A cafe mocha

In this monster of a fantasy masterwork, tempests and a chaotic war have torn up the Shattered Plains. From Shardblades to magical binding to the Knights Radiant, this perspective-alternating epic brings everything a fantasy fan is searching for.

Submitted by: Jack

The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French

Pair with: A frappe

Take a normal fantasy story. Now, turn it on its head. That's The Grey Bastards, a story of adventurous half-orcs who love trouble as much as their vulgar vocabulary.

Submitted by: Jack

Nonfiction

This is the genre for those who need to keep it real.

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Pair with: An espresso

When you need a little motivation, this refreshing self-help book refuses to back down and sets out to destroy your self-sabotaging behaviors and thoughts. Pair it with an espresso and get to living your dreams!

Submitted by: Beth

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Pair with: A breve

Cells stolen from a cancer patient without her knowledge or consent have been central to cancer research for almost six decades. Now a film starring Oprah Winfrey, this incredible true story delves into a discussion of race, ethics, science, and healing.

Submitted by: Beth

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Pair with: Plain chai

This story was recently turned into a great film! The calculations of these real African-American female "human computers" at NASA helped the U.S. win the space race.

Submitted by: Beth

Mystery

Suspense and thrills come with this genre (when you need a little bit more of a buzz).

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Pair with: White hot chocolate

Among the first mystery novels ever published, this classic includes a nefarious plot, a mysterious stranger, and a young man trying to ensure that she doesn't fall into a horrible trap.

Submitted by: Sarah

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Pair with: A Wiener melange

Considered to be the modern classic mystery series, the adventures of Lisbeth Salander in this book touch on corruption, family drama, violence, and financial intrigue.

Submitted by: Jack

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Pair with: Plain white tea

A woman who takes the commuter train every morning notices something's amiss one morning in this thriller.

Submitted by: Lizzie

This is our pairings list for the next year, but feel free to send us new recommendations!